Dispatches From The Geeks

News and Announcements from the MCS Systems Group

Webserver emergency maintenance

Due to a hardware problem, we need to take one of our webservers down for emergency maintenance this evening at 5pm central.

We expect this to take less than one hour to complete, so things should be back to normal by 6pm central.

The following sites / domains are affected:

activecollab.cels.anl.gov events.cels.anl.gov outreach.kbase.us sc11.anl.gov wiki.globus.org http://www.bgconsortium.org
bionet.mcs.anl.gov extremecomputingtraining.anl.gov papka.alcf.anl.gov sc12.anl.gov wiki-internal.alcf.anl.gov http://www.iwire.org
blog.cels.anl.gov inside.cels.anl.gov press3.mcs.anl.gov scienceclouds.org wiki.iwire.org http://www.mpich.org
bugzilla.mcs.anl.gov magellan.alcf.anl.gov press3-stage.mcs.anl.gov symposium30.cels.anl.gov wiki.kbt.mcs.anl.gov http://www.theseed.org
cca11.org moab.mcs.anl.gov press.igsb.anl.gov tcs.anl.gov wiki.lcrc.anl.gov
cpf.anl.gov nek5000.mcs.anl.gov press.mcs.anl.gov tcs.anl.gov-new wiki.magellancloud.org
dev.globus.org nekcem.mcs.anl.gov pwp.alcf.anl.gov wiki.alcf.anl.gov wiki.mcs.anl.gov
esp.alcf.anl.gov neklbm.mcs.anl.gov sc09.anl.gov wiki.cels.anl.gov wiki.mpich.org
estrfi.cels.anl.gov sc10.anl.gov wiki.cogkit.org workshops.alcf.anl.gov

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Daniel Murphy-Olson
Systems Administrator
Mathematics & Computer Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
630-252-0055

Written by Craig Stacey

July 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Recording of Wednesday’s Account Migration Town All

Wednesday’s town hall was recorded (mostly) and can be found at the link below. As well I’m adding FAQs regarding the transition as they come up to this page. Apologies for the quiet sound, and for some reason the last 10 minutes didn’t get recorded, but most of the information is there.

We’re also finding new information regarding the different account types, and will be updating this page and sending notices as appropriate. For instance, we should be able to have computer accounts for people without having to do a “Guest/No Pay” appointment and the burdens that come with that. It should be a simple XINK form, and I’m working with CIS to see if we can streamline the process.

Thanks!

Information on the Account and E-Mail Migrations:

http://press3.mcs.anl.gov/virtualhelpdesk/account-and-e-mail-migration/

Written by Craig Stacey

July 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Next CIS IT Maintenance Weekend, August 16-18

Work is still being planned. An update to Zimbra to the latest version of 7 is the only announced plan at the moment. Expect some work on the wireless network in the building.

If this date poses a problem, please let us know. Thank you.

Written by Craig Stacey

July 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

MCS Account Migration / E-Mail Migration Town Hall (second session), 7/24, 2PM, 4301

The second session is scheduled for 7/24. I plan to record it as best I can for those who can’t make it. Thanks.

> Hey, all. In reference to the announcement in May on upcoming changes in the environment (http://wp.me/p3jwfN-4e), I’d like to hold a town hall so you can get some first hand demos on how things will be happening, an update on where we are in the process, and get a chance to address any concerns or questions you might have. >
> I’ve booked room 4301 (the seminar-style room) and will be giving a brief talk with some live demos on Monday, July 15, at 2PM. There’ll be plenty of time for questions. I promise that for any questions we don’t have the answers for, we will construct suitably believable and entertaining lies that will assuage any fears. >
> Well, no, not really. But you should still come.
>
> The room has seats for 30 people. If that proves inadequate, I’ll schedule a second session. >
> Thanks!

Written by Craig Stacey

July 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Slides from today’s town hall.

I expect there will be a second town hall for those who couldn’t make it. Right now July 24th at 2PM is winning for the followup session. I’ll make an announcement tomorrow as to the final time.
ANL AD.pdf

Written by Craig Stacey

July 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Reminder: MCS Account Migration / E-Mail Migration Town Hall, 7/15, 2PM, 4301

Reminder that this is happening this afternoon at 2PM.  If you can’t make it to this one, fill out this Doodle poll for times that would work for a followup session.  If there’s adequate demand, I’ll schedule another one based off that feedback.

http://doodle.com/z5e4guyk8rwbfrkf

Written by Craig Stacey

July 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Another malicious phishing mail

A user had her gmail account compromised and it was used to send out a malicious phishing mail. The URL appeared to go to Google Drive, but really went to a phishing site. It’s blocked at ANL, but obviously not from offsite. If you visited that URL and entered any information, please let us know ASAP so we can take appropriate action.

A reminder that you should double check any URL you visit to make sure the URL you expect to be at is what you see in the address bar of your browser. And, as always, be suspicious of unsolicited mails directing you to visit a link.

The phishing mail is quoted below.

From: Jungho Lee <jhlee924>

Subject: Kindly View

Date: July 10, 2013 7:16:14 PM CDT

To: 240library@anl.gov

I’ve shared a document with you , It’s not an attachment — it’s stored on-line. To open this document, (bogus Google Drive link) and just sign in with your email to view the document Note: You’ll need to sign in with your email address.

Best regards

Jungho Lee

Written by Craig Stacey

July 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Malicious spam / phishing mail.

The message before is spam and malicious. Do not follow the link.

From: Argonne National Laboratory <arausch@gus.pittstate.edu> Sent: Mon Jul 08 18:57:31 CDT 2013
Subject: Hello

Latest news and updates are now available at the Argonne National
Laboratory news center. All recipients of this notification should
please lo-gin for more information using the link below.

[Redacted]

Please use the link above to lo-gin for more information and possible
submit your feedback/comment.

Sign
MCS Help Desk
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne IL 60439
Phone:630 252-2000
© 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

Written by Craig Stacey

July 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

MCS Account Migration / E-Mail Migration Town Hall, 7/15, 2PM, 4301

Hey, all. In reference to the announcement in May on upcoming changes in the environment (http://wp.me/p3jwfN-4e), I’d like to hold a town hall so you can get some first hand demos on how things will be happening, an update on where we are in the process, and get a chance to address any concerns or questions you might have.

I’ve booked room 4301 (the seminar-style room) and will be giving a brief talk with some live demos on Monday, July 15, at 2PM. There’ll be plenty of time for questions. I promise that for any questions we don’t have the answers, we will construct suitably believable and entertaining lies that will assuage any fears.

Well, no, not really. But you should still come.

The room has seats for 30 people. If that proves inadequate, I’ll schedule a second session.

Thanks!

Written by Craig Stacey

July 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

New MCS website is live.

The new MCS website is now live at http://www.mcs.anl.gov.  This website is being run by CIS on their Drupal servers (the same infrastructure that runs www.anl.gov).  Sites beyond the first level, such as personal webpages and project home pages, are still being hosted where they were previously.

More information will be coming soon as to how to get content changes onto the website, but right now we’re concerned with identifying any technical issues that may be present, and can focus on tweaking content in the coming weeks.  Please take a moment to confirm everything is working as you’d expect.  If you find a problem, let us know at systems@mcs.anl.gov.  We’ll fix what’s in our power to fix, and pass on to others that which is not.

For those curious as to how it’s all run now, the main website lives in CIS on their Drupal servers, but we still host the machine known as www.mcs.anl.gov.  This machine will send requests for Drupal-hosted pages on to the lab’s servers, and otherwise serve up what it always has.

Thanks!

[Not sure why this wasn’t posted on Friday afternoon.  It was supposed to be.]

Written by Craig Stacey

May 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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